Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Quilting / Decorating project AKA Madeline's Room

About 5 or 6 years ago, my sister Heidi introduced me to the hobby of quilting. Well, maybe hobby is not quite the right word. Some of the words that come to mind are obsession, sickness, money pit - - you get the idea.

The first quilt that I did was for Jack's room. That lead to some pillows and then some curtains to match.

When it came time to move Madeline from her crib to a big girl bed, I decided that I would use my skills to make her bedroom over last summer.

Here are some pictures of the finished project. First I started with the actual quilt to go on the bed.

Here is a close up of the quilt. There was a lot of piecing involved and it was pretty time consuming.

Which then led to throw pillows.

If you are going to go to all that work, you might as well have a custom bed skirt.

Which made me think that curtains would be a good addition. (Anyone read the book "If you Give a Moose a Muffin"? Do you see some similarities here?)

These curtains look cute, but they were a pain in the neck to make! As for her letters that spell out her name they are wood covered with scrapbook paper. I made Jade go with me several times to Robert's Crafts so that we could each buy one letter at 40% off. There are LOTS of letters in this girl's name!

Next I found some cute "frenchy" pictures on eBay. Notice the cute crown hooks that I found at RodWorks. Now if I could just get her to actually use them. . . .

I found some cute paper at a fru-fru boutique and bought it, not quite knowing what I was going to do with it. Then I had a great idea - tear the sides and mount it on an artist's canvas painted brown and distressed. Add some ribbon at the top and a cute wall hanger and you are set!

If you haven't noticed, I love all things French. My dear husband is always telling me "We Are Not FRENCH!" As a joke he started calling France The Motherland. Now my kids think that the Eiffel Tower is called The Motherland! They sometimes ask if we can go to The Motherland. It drives Dear Husband crazy and secretly I smile inside.


Karalee said...

Oh my. Soooo cute.
I just did Grace's bedroom this weekend in brown and pink! I love it.
SO glad you're blogging again!

Dave & Sherri said...

Are you kidding? I LOVE her room - thus the reason I copied it in my own little girl's room. I thought France was the motherland... :) AMAZING job! You are honestly beyond talented!

iamwonderwoman said...

WOW, what a beautiful room! You are so talented and the brown and pink I LOVE together. If Mark won't go to France with you, I will. I LOVED it and can't wait to go back. (especially for the pastries!)